Get Involved ~ USA ~ Put a Cork in it

A request from The California Wine Club

I’m reaching out to you on behalf of The California Wine Club and their “Put a Cork in it” collection drive. The CWC, in partnership with, is hoping to collect, recycle and repurpose 20 million wine corks by September 30th. If our goal is reached, ReCORK will celebrate the accomplishment by planting 1,000 cork oak trees in the Mediterranean cork oak forest.

CA Wine Club is giving away some great prizes as well! Wine Magnums, CA Wine Club memberships, and sandals from SOLE shoes (Made from recycled cork, of course) Enter the Sweepstakes on our FB page –

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Colleen is the founder of 365 Less Things and lives in Newcastle, Australia.


  1. Passing this along to all the wine drinkers I know… 🙂

    • Thanks Donna,
      maybe you could have them drop their corks off to you so there is only one trip to be made to the collection point or one mail bag needed to send them on the way. I am sure the California Wine Club will be thankful for your efforts.

  2. Thanks for you support Colleen!
    CA Wine Club is giving away some great prizes as well! Wine Magnums, CA Wine Club memberships, and sandals from SOLE shoes (Made from recycled cork, of course)
    Enter the Sweepstakes on our FB page –

  3. Colleen – I’ve never heard of this – does ReCORK apply in New Zealand. I never know what to do with my corks, usually send them off to the nearest kindergarten along with plastic lids etc. for “making” things. I’d love to recycle them somehow. Do they compost – I’ve assumed not, up to now.

    • Hi Ann,
      no it is an American thing. I actually can’t remember the last time I bough a bottle of wine with a cork in it here in Australia because most bottle now have strew tops here.

  4. Why? Cork trees are under threat because people are not using natural corks so much. Why recycle corks?

    • Hi Karin,
      if you read the About Page it explain a lot more about the reason behind the initiative. it is about replenishing cork forests for the good of the environment as well as using recycled cork for products that might otherwise be made of synthetic products.

  5. That sounds better. So many wine bottles seem to have plastic corks, it’s good to hear someone is trying to promote natural cork and cork oak trees.

    • Hi Karin,
      isn’t it funny how things happen in this strange little world of ours. I was watching a show about Australian wine on television last night and they showed a Cork Oak Tree plantation outside of Canberra, our nations capital. The trees were imported from Portugal during WWII so that we would have our own supply of cork for aeroplane gaskets etc. The ship carrying the first supply of trees was sunk by German U-boat and they had to make a second attempt. They showed how they get the bark from the trees ~ without damaging the trees ~ and how they stamp the corks out of the bark. I thought is was quite a coincidence that this show would come on just now while I was promoting the cork drive.